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State going back to work with new jobs

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Scott Baumbach
August 6, 2011

The 12,900 private-sector jobs that Wisconsin employers created last month not only bring our stateís tally to 39,300 in six months, but they reflect the biggest one-month gain for Wisconsinís private sector since September 2003.


Our free, 24-hour website at JobCenterofWisconsin.com is seeing unprecedented use, with postings surpassing 32,000, including more than 1,100 jobs posted in Rock County alone. According to recent surveys by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, 88 percent of employers surveyed believe our state is headed in the right direction, compared to 10 percent last year.


These numbers provide proof that the pro-jobs policies supported by Gov. Scott Walker and our partners in the Wisconsin Legislature are paying off. Our stateís nonfarm job growth is more than twice the national average. Our private-sector job growth is almost twice the national average. And our manufacturing job growth is more than twice the nationís. We are getting Wisconsin working again after the worst national economic times since the Great Depression.


Even with these successes, we know there is much more work to be done to promote more job growth and reach the goal of helping create 250,000 private-sector jobs in four years. We must keep doing everything we can to lead Wisconsin and the nation along the path of recovery.


At the Department of Workforce Development, we are focused like a laser on empowering Wisconsin workers to find and succeed in good-paying jobs. We are partnering like never before with our colleagues in tourism, economic development, and other state agencies to advance the message that Wisconsin is open for business.


We continue to enhance the Wisconsin Job Center system operated by regional Workforce Development Boards and DWD organizations such as Job Service and Vocational Rehabilitation. The website JobCenterofWisconsin.com averages 2,600 new job postings per week and provides a wealth of online services and tools to help jobseekers find new employment opportunities.


This year, we have sent 12 email job recruitment notices to more than 40,000 jobseekers statewide, urging them to apply for positions that match their skills and backgrounds. We have helped to organize or facilitate more than 150 events, ranging from job fairs to recruitment assistance, for nearly 1,000 employers.


I urge jobseekers to visit JobCenterofWisconson.com and to use the many other services and resources that are available through Job Center of Wisconsin. Resume-writing assistance and job counseling are just some of the resources available through the nearest Job Center.


As more Wisconsinites enter the workforce, we will remain focused on job growth and creating more opportunities. It is through these efforts that we will make Wisconsin the workforce of choice and keep our state on pace to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.


To find your local or regional Job Center, click on wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory.


Scott Baumbach is secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 201 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53707-7946; email sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov.

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